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Friday, August 23, 2013

Crockpot Beef and Broccoli




(Ana's Kitchen)

Beef and Broccoli is one of our favorite Chinese dishes, and I had no idea it was so easy to make from home--especially if you use your Crockpot!  

Crock Pot Beef & Broccoli

The meat is a lot yummier if you marinate it first--you could marinate it overnight but all you really need is at least an hour!  Mix the following ingredients together in a Ziploc plastic bag and then throw your meat in, rub it around to coat, and throw it in the fridge!
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce (if you use normal soy sauce it will taste saltier)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 – 1 ½ lbs stew meat (it comes already to go so it makes things easy!)
Once your meat has marinated, toss it into your Crockpot.  I cooked my meat on low over night and it was ready by lunch time the next day--it was super tender, fall apart in your mouth kind of meat.  Cover your meat in shallow water (and I added a little extra soy sauce too) and let it cook (10-12 hours on low, maybe 6-8 hours if you want to cook it on high--just watch the water so it doesn't get too dry).  A couple hours before serving (if cooking on low), add:
  • 1 head of broccoli cut up into pieces (I even chopped up the whole stem and it was tender enough to eat after a couple hours in the crockpot--you could use frozen broccoli to make things easier)
  • ½ white onion, sliced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped finely
Mix together in a small bowl and then sprinkle on top:
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
Serve over rice.  So yummy, so tender, and so easy!  If you want a faster beef and broccoli, buy flank steak and cut it into thin strips.  Marinate it according to the directions, then fry it in some oil with the onion and garlic until cooked through--then cover with the sauce and add the broccoli last!

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